Anthony Gallo Acoustics A'Diva SE 5.1 Speaker System Review

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Anthony Gallo A'Diva SE Satellite and TR-3d Sub Speaker System w/Optional Table Stands
Photo of the Anthony Gallo A'Diva SE Satellite and TR-3d Subwoofer Speaker System with Optional Table Stands. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to

Anthony Gallo Acoustics is an independent loudspeaker manufacturer that is noted for their innovative speaker designs that produce a great listening experience.

The A'Diva SE 5.1 system, released as part of their 20th Anniversary product line, consists of five compact spherically designed speakers for the center, left/right front, and surround channels, complemented by a 300 watt 10-inch cylindrically shaped powered subwoofer.

The system is visually very pleasing. However, just because speakers look good doesn't necessarily mean that they sound good, but in this case, Anthony Gallo has definitely struck the right balance. For more details, keep on reading this review.

Anthony Gallo Acoustics A'Diva SE Product Overview - Satellite Speakers

The heart of the A'Diva SE home theater speaker system is its A'Diva SE satellite speakers. Here are the basic specifications:

1. 3-inch flat diaphragm full-range driver placed inside a 5-inch spherical Acoustic Suspension metal enclosure.

2. Frequency Response: 80 Hz to 22kHz (on wall), 100Hz-20kHz (on stand).

3. Sensitivity: 85db

4. Impedance: 4 ohms.

5. Power Handling: 60 watts (full range), 125 watts (with crossover point set from 80 to 120 Hz)

For a more in-depth look at, and further explanation of, the A'Diva SE speakers, including driver construction, refer to my supplementary A'Diva SE Photo Page.

Anthony Gallo Acoustics A'Diva SE Product Overview - TR-3D Powered Subwoofer

Here are some of the specifications for the TR-3D subwoofer supplied with the Anthony Gallo Acoustics A'Diva SE 5.1 System:

1. Driver: 10-inch front facing driver mounted within a sealed cylindrical acoustic suspension enclosure.

2. Frequency Response: 18Hz to 180Hz +/- 3db

3. Amplifier Type: Class D Digital.

4. Amplifier Power Output: 300 watts (RMS), 600 Watts (Peak).

5. Phase: Switchable between 0 and 180 degrees.

6. Crossover Frequency: Continuously adjustable from 50 to 180 Hz

For a more in-depth look at the features and specifications of the TR-3D Subwoofer, refer to my supplementary TR-3D Photo Page.

Additional Components Used In This Review

Blu-ray Disc Player: OPPO BDP-103D Blu-ray/DVD/CD/SACD/DVD-Audio Player.

Home Theater Receiver: Onkyo TX-SR705 (used in 5.1 channel mode).

Loudspeaker System Used for Comparison: 2 Klipsch F-2's, 2 Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-2 Center, Klipsch Synergy Sub10.

Audio Performance - A'Diva SE Satellites

NOTE: For the purposes of this review, I used the A'Diva SE satellites with both their included "rubber ring" and optional table stands (optional stands provided for this review). I did not use the use the wall-mount option.

The A'Diva SE speakers projected clean, undistorted, and well-dispersed sound into the room, creating an immersive surround field for movies, and an inclusive sound field for music.

Center channel dialog and vocals were extremely clear, distinct, and well-anchored.

Also, even though each A'Diva SE satellite speaker only contains a single full-range driver (no separate tweeter), sonic detail at both high and midrange frequencies are reproduced very well.

Also, what is notable about the A'Diva SE is that it serves equally well whether serving as a center, main L/R, or surround sound speaker - so in the case of the A'Diva SE system, all the speakers are, indeed, perfectly matched. In the center position, vocals and dialog are well anchored, the left and right positions provide the excellent front presence that is both widely dispersed and directional, and in the surround position provide excellent dispersion from the sides and the rear.

Using the audio tones provided on the Digital Video Essentials test disc and with TR-3D subwoofer turned off, I determined that the A'Diva SE's produced, on the lower end, an audible tone starting between 70-75Hz with strong output between 110-120Hz. This provides a good match for the companion TR-3D subwoofer for continuing down into the lower frequency range.

In terms of real world listening, as stated above, A'Diva SEs, had no trouble producing both immersiveness and accurate directional cues for both movies and music. Some of the movie examples I used that the A'Diva SE system had no trouble handling were the first battle scene in Master and Commander, the library scene in Hero, the echo game scene from House of the Flying Daggers, the dynamic robot vs monster battle scenes in Pacific Rim, the excellent soundtrack from Brave, and unrelenting action mixed soundtracks of Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Also, the A'Diva SE's provided an excellent surround listening experience from multichannel SACD and DVD-Audio disc music sources, including Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (SACD), Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody (DVD-Audio version).

Audio Performance - TR-3D Subwoofer

Using the subwoofer crossover test provided on the THX Calibration Disc and an 110Hz crossover point, the transition between the subwoofer and A'Diva SE speakers was seamless, with no observable volume dip between sub and speakers. In real world listening, the TR-3D provided an excellent tight bass response that complemented both music and movies, without distracting boominess in the upper mid-bass range that subwoofers can fall victim to.

Using the Digital Video Essentials Test Disc, I observed that, on the low end, the TR-3D produced an audible tone starting just below 25Hz, with an effective output beginning at about 30-35Hz. This was observed using the TR-3D's neutral (0) bass boost setting.

The low-end capabilities of the TR-3D were expressed very well in both challenging movie scenes (such as the depth charge scene in U571 and cannon shots in Master and Commander) and music tracks (such as the deep bass slide in Heart's Magic Man), Nora Jones, I Don't Know Why, Seven Years, Cold, Cold Heart, Sade's Moon and the Sky and Soldier of Love, and Dave Matthews/Blue Man Group's Sing a Song.

What I Liked

There was a lot to like about the Anthony Gallo Acoustics A'Diva SE 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System, including:

1. Great sound for both movie and music content.

2. The A'Diva SE speakers project very well across both mid-range and high frequencies - good center channel depth and presence.

3. The TR-3D Subwoofer provides excellent tight,  well-defined, bass response.

4. The subwoofer to satellite speaker transition is very smooth - no observable dip in volume when approaching crossover point.

5. The A'Diva SE satellites can be either mounted on the provided table stands, or wall mounted (table stand/wall mounting kit optional).

What I Didn't Like

1. Optional table/wall stands easy to assemble but sometimes quirky to angle speakers in a tight-fixed position.

2.  The TR-3D subwoofer's  low-frequency signal detection sensitivity in Auto/Standby mode sometimes inconsistent when listening to low volume levels.

3. The A'Diva SE satellites are equipped with small screw-on terminals that are fine for 18 gauge wire but makes for a tight fit when using 16 gauge wire - also, not designed to allow connection of standard banana plugs.

Final Take

After listening to the Anthony Gallo A-Diva SE 5.1 system, I found it to be excellent for both music listening and as a complement to movie viewing. In fact, you will be surprised how big these speakers sound for their size. Also, their great styling is also easy on the eyes and integrates very well within any room decor.

Throughout a wide volume range, the A'Diva SE's reproduced distinctive vocals and dialog, as well as delivering excellent detail with transient and high-frequency sounds.

Also, the companion TR-3D powered subwoofer is an excellent match for the A'Diva SE's. It has the power and low-end response to deliver deep, tight, undistorted bass, while also transitioning well into the upper bass frequencies. I also liked the flexible connection and setting options, including the crossover bypass and the +3db/+6db bass boost setting options when faced with less than desirable room conditions, or when listening to low volume levels.

The only negative performance issue I ran into is that at low volume levels, using the auto-standby option, the TR-3D wasn't always sensitive enough to kick-in or would kick-in intermittently. However, the easy workaround (when listening to low volume levels) is to just set the subwoofer to its permanent ON mode and all is well. At normal listening levels, the Auto Standby function detects incoming signals fine (and also saves some power).

The Anthony Gallo Acoustics A'Diva SE 5.1 speaker system provides sound great for both movie and music. At a system price of $2,366.00, this system is a great value for those looking for an excellent sounding compact home theater speaker system that also looks good and blends well with a variety of home decors.

For a visual look and additional perspective on the entire Anthony Gallo Acoustics A'Diva SE5.1 channel home theater speaker system, also check out my supplementary Photo Profile

Official Product and Purchasing Info Page

If you want to expand the system for 7.1 or 9.1 channel use, the A'Diva SE satellite speakers can be purchased individually for $329.00 ea Official Product Page.

Also, if you want to add a second subwoofer to the system, the TR-3D is priced at $984.50 Official Product Page.

Read my previous reviews of Anthony Gallo speaker products:

Anthony Gallo Acoustics Classico Series

Anthony Gallo Acoustics AV Reference Series.

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